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Vol. 96 No. 45 Monday, February 14, 2005 50N Plus tax


Inside
South: Happy
Valentine's Day
Happy Valentine's Day!
Remember, if your child rides a
bus they will.not be able to take
balloons, flowers, or big/break-
able items aboard. If you plan
to send something special to
school, then please make
arrangements' for your child to
be picked up prior to 3 p.m.
Thankyou.
South Elementary School
was honored and excited to
receive a donation from the
Nelson Ridge School in New
Lenox, Ill. The Student Council
of that school collected money
and wanted to send .it to a
school that had received dam-
age during last fall's hurricanes.
They hoped that we could use
this gift of $400 to purchase
equipment or books to replace
those that were lost in the
storms. They also sent one of
their "Rockets" mascots. South
Elementary is very grateful for
this act of kindness; a trust
account was established for
teachers whose rooms were
damaged by the hurricanes.
Page 3
Q&A about
Social Security
WASHINGTON Presi-
dent Bush is traveling the coun-
try, pushing his plan to add per-
sonal accounts to Social
Security. But how would those
accounts really work?
To some extent, much like
the 401(k) investments that
many workers have. But Bush
leaves out many details, includ-
ing important questions about
how far benefits would have to
be cut to secure the program's
long-term finances.
More comprehensive plans
developed by members of
Congress and by a commis-
sion Bush appointed 'give
more details, offering a vision
as to what a full program
might look like.
Page 5
FWC cites best
bets to bag bream
Whether it's panfish or sun-
fish here in the Deep South
we call them bream.
They are those deep-bodied
fish that occupy pretty much
every body of water in Florida,
according to the Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion (FWC).
Bream can be scrappy
enough to put up a decent fight
for anglers who use light tackle,
or a small child can laid them
with a cane pole.
Sports, Page 6

Drought Index
Current: 486
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

14.87 feet


Lake level .
Last Year:
15.41 feet /
(SOURCE:
South Florida Water Manage-
ment District. Depth given in
feet above sea level.)

Index
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Comics ........... .7
Community Events .. .4
Crossword ........7. 7
Obituaries ..........3
Opinion ..... ... .4
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Ernie Thacker and Route 23 entertained the crowd Friday afternoon at the Indian Mound
Bluegrass Festival held at the rodeo arena.


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Grants may



help housing

By Pete Gawda program benefits low- to moder-
Okeechobee news ate-income people. She said that
disaster relief money would be
Residents of Okeechobee available through the program
County may soon be getting help because of special congression-
with hurricane related housing al, appropriations.
situations. Eligible uses of this kind
Several options concerning include affordable housing site
housing and infrastructure development, public facilities
grants were presented to the and infrastructure, economic
Okeechobee County Commis- development and commercial
sioners at their Thursday meet- revitalization. The needs
ing. Commissioners also han- addressed from this grant must
died several other housing be related to hurricane damage.
issues, as well as a number of Ms. Belcher said the state is
routine business items. trying to steer the money to
.Debbie Belcher, of Roumelis counties that have the most
Planning and Development, Inc., need. Okeechobee's portion
told the board of several possible could be as much as $5,500,000.
grant options. Gov. Jeb Bush is also allocat-
The first program she dis- ing funds to be used for hurri-
cussed was the Community. cane related housing needs.
Development Block Grant Okeechobee County could
(CDBG) program that is admin-
istered'by the Florida Depart-
ment of Community Affairs. This See Grants Page 2


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Going 'batty' may combat insects


By MaryAnn Morris
Special to the
Okeechobee News
Bats are victims of bad pub-
lic relations. Florida bats do not
suck your blood. They have
superb navigation systems -
they do not get tangled in your
hair. They almost never carry
rabies (less than one-half of one
percent according to the Univer-
sity of Florida). But if you give
them a place to live, they will eat
about half their weight in mos-
quitoes, flies, moths and beetles
every night.
There really is such a crea-
ture as a Vampire Bat, but they
live in Latin America, not South
Florida. There really are fruit
bats like Stellaluna, in the
delightful children's story by the
same name written by Jannell
Cannon. Stellaluna is the dear
baby bat who is accidentally
separated from her mother
before she can fly, causing her
to drop into a nest to baby birds.
Fruit bats don't live here either.


According to the University
of Florida, people sometimes
see bats near their fruit trees
and mistakenly think they eat
fruit. Instead these bats are con-
suming insects that are attracted
to fruit.
"The most common bat in
our area of Florida is the Mexi-
can Free-Tailed Bat, so-called
because the tail extends back
out past its wing." said Ken
Gioeli, Natural Resource Agent
for St. Lucie County Cooperative
Extension Service.
"Bats are actually the most
numerous species of mammal
in the State of Florida," he con-
tinued. Florida is also home to
the Silver Haired Bat, which is
the only solitary bat. All other
bats live in colonies.
The Eastern Pipistrelle is also
found here, living in trees deep
in the woods. This is the world's
smallest bat; about the size of a
double bumble bee! Florida's
other bats have a wingspan of
about .six inches and body
about the size of a man's


thumb."
Bats aren't rodents, they're
mammals. According to the
University of Florida/IFAS web-
site, the bones in a bat's wing
roughly correspond to a human
hand. They are the only mam-
mals that can fly. Mother bats
have one baby a year in spring
or summer. Before they have
their babies, the mother bats in
a colony crowd together to form
a nursery, kept very warm by all.
the body heat.
Bats do not fly into things.
Bats guide themselves by a
sound system called echoloca-
tion as do some whales. They
make a high pitched sound, too
high for our ears and listen to
the echo as the sound bounces
off objects. About 10 times a
second, at every wing-beat their
cry bounces off objects guiding
them in the dark.
In South Florida, bats will live
in tree cavities, snags and
unpruned cabbage palms.
See Bats -Page 2


Courtesy photo/Bat Conservation International
Mexican Free-tailed bat in flight.


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"The Yellow Bat roosts exclu-
sively in unpruned palm trees,
perfectly camouflaged. Their fur
exactly matches the color of a
dead palm frond," said Mr. Gioeli.
They will also live in bat hous-
es, which can be easily made
from scrap lumber and a few mis-
cellaneous materials. Bat houses
can also be purchased from com-


mercial sources. By installing bat
houses on your property, you can
provide habitat for a creature
whose numbers are dwindling
and reduce the bug population as
well.
Mr. Gioeli, a recognized expert
on bats in our area conducts a
monthly bat detecting outing at
the Oxbow Eco Center in Port St.
Lucie. On the last Friday evening
of the month he will guide you to
see bats and other night creatures
in their natural habitat. Bring your
own flashlight.


Flashlights will be shielded
with red film so not to interfere
with night vision. For more infor-
mation on this outing, call St.
Lucie County Cooperative Exten-
sion Service at (772) 462-1660.
For more information on bats
contact Bat Conservation Interna-
tional, on the web: www.bat-
con.org, by phone: (512) 327-
9721 or mail to Bat Conservation
International, P.O. 162603, Austin,
TX 78716. The bat box plans
shown here are from their web-
site.


How to make a simple bat house


Editor's note: These bat
house plans are reprinted with
permission from Bat Conserva-
tion International. For more
information, see their website at
www.batcon.org; write to them
at Bat Conservation Internation-
al, P.O. Box 162603, Austin, TX
78716; telephone: (512) 327-
9721; or, fax: (512)327-9724

Materials Needed (makes 1)
1/4 sheet ( 2' x 4' ) 1/2" AC,
BC, or TI-11 (outdoor grade) ply-
wood. DO NOT use pressure
treated wood.
One piece 1" x 2" (3/4" x 1
1/2" finished) x 8' pine (furring
strip)
20-30 1 1/4" coated deck or
exterior-grade Phillips screws
One pint dark, water-based
stain, exterior-grade
One pint water-based primer,
exterior-grade
One quart flat water-based
paint or stain, exterior-grade
One tube paintable latex caulk
1" x 3" x 28" board for roof
(optional, but highly recom-
mended)
Black asphalt shingles or gal-
vanized metal (optional)
6-10 7/8" roofing nails (option-
al)
Recommended Tools
Table saw or handsaw
Caulking gun
Variable speed reversing drill
Paintbrushes
Phillips bit for drill
Tape measure or yardstick
Scissors (optional)
Staple gun (optional)

Construction Procedure
1. Measure and cut plywood
into three pieces:
26 1/2"x 24":
16 1/2" x 24"
5" x 24"
2. Roughen inside of back-
board and landing area by cutting
horizontal grooves with sharp
object or saw. Space grooves
about 1/2" apart, cutting 1/16" to
1/32" deep.
3. Apply two coats of dark,


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Landing Area
Courtesy illustrations/Bat
Conservation International
water-based stain to interior sur-
faces. Do not use paint, as it will
fill grooves, making them unus-
able.
4. Measure and cut furring into
one 24" and two 20 1/4" pieces.
5. Attach furring strips to back,
caulking first. Start with 24" piece
at top. Roosting chamber will be
3/4" wide (front to back).
6. Attach front to furring strips,
top piece first (don't forget to
caulk). Leave 1/2" vent space
between top and bottom front
pieces.
7. Caulk around all outside
joints to further'seal roosting
chamber.
8. Attach a 1" x 3" x 28" board
to the top as a roof, if desired
(optional, but highly recom-
mended).
9. Paint or stain exterior three


times (use primer for first coat).
10. Cover roof with shingles
or galvanized metal (optional).
Optional Modifications to the
Small Economy Bat House
1. Wider bat houses can be
built for larger colonies. Be sure
to adjust dimensions for back
and front pieces and ceiling strip.
A 3/4" support spacer may be
required in the center of the
roosting chamber for bat houses
over 24" wide to prevent warp-
ing.
2. Two bat houses can be
placed back to back, mounted on
poles. Before assembly, a hori-
zontal 3/4" slot should be cut in
the back of each house about 9"
from the bottom edge of the back
piece to permit movement of
bats between houses. Two pieces
of wood, 1" x 4" x 4 1/4", screwed
horizontally to each side, will join
the two boxes. To provide addi-
tional roosting space, leave a 3/4"
space between the two houses,
and roughen the wood surfaces
or cover the back of each with
plastic mesh. (Do not cover the
rear exit slots; see item 4 below).
One 1" x 4" x 34" vertical piece
attached to each side over the
horizontal pieces blocks light, but
allows bats and air to enter. A gal-
vanized metal roof, covering both
houses, protects the center roost-
ing area from rain. Eaves should
be about 3" in southern areas
and about 1 1/2" in the north.
3. Ventilation may not be nec-
essary in cold climates. In this
case, the front should be a single
piece 23" long. Smaller bat hous-
es like this one will be less suc-
cessful in cool climates. Howev-
er, those mounted on buildings
gain heat faster, maintain thermal
stability better and are more likely
to attract bats.
4. Durable plastic mesh can be
substituted for roughening to
provide footholds for bats. Attach
one 20" x 24 1/2" piece to back-
board after staining interior, but
prior to assembly.


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Grants

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receive up to $5,000,000 from this
program. This program would be
administered under the rules of the
State Housing Initiatives Program
(SHIP).
Eligible uses of these funds
include rehabilitation and place-
ment of owner-occupied or rental
homes, new home development
and emergency/transitional hous-
ing.
The third grant program dis-
cussed is administered by the Fed-
eral Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA).
This program would provide
funds for replacement or repair of
storm damaged public facilities;
construction of storm water facili-
ties to prevent further flooding; and
buyout of owner-occupied homes
that have been severely damaged
and reconstruction on the same
site would not be cost effective.
"There are a lot of things you
can go for," she told commission-
ers.
She suggested requesting funds
under the CDBG program for an
enhancement of the wastewater
treatment plant, a project sorely
needed.
She said the commissioners
could use the argument that they
could not replace damaged houses
without sufficient sewer service.
Sufficient sewer system would
require plant expansion since the
plant is almost at capacity. She sug-
gested requesting $2.5 million for
that project.
Ms. Belcher suggested three pri-
orities of grants: first, replacing
housing; second, wastewater treat-
ment; and third, stormwater.
Sister Elinor Sevigny, SNJMS,
who is involved in a low income
housing project, El Mira Sol, in the
northwest part of Okeechobee


noted tremendous improvement:
in that neighborhood. However,
she reported a definite need for a
playground, drainage, streetlights
and sidewalks.
City Councilman Dowling Wat-
ford asked if any of the programs
required an advisory committee.
Ms. Belcher replied that they did
not.
Mr. Watford suggested using as
much money as possible for hous-
ing. However, he noted some
drainage projects might be justi-
fied.
He suggested that the people
administering these grants meet
with R.O.A.D. (Recovering Okee-
chobee After Disaster) a commit-
tee formed from representatives of
local nonprofit and faith-based
organizations to coordinate disas-
ter relief.
Ms. Belcher suggested that the
city and county coordinate their
requests so as not to compete with
each other.
County Administrator George
Long noted that there is a lot of
money available, but the periods
for applying are very short:
In other storm related matters,
the county executed a contract
with Florida Housing Finance Cor-
poration in the amount of $500,000
for the HOME Again program that
targets low- and very low-income
homeowners. It provides up to
$50,000 toward repair or replace-
ment, based on total household
damages.
The board authorized Craig A.
Smith to provide engineering serv-
ices for disaster grants to include
CDBG, FEMA and other grants.
They also awarded a contract to
Roumelis Planning & Development
Services to serve as consultant to
plan, apply, implement and admin-
ister CDBG, FEMA and other grants
that may become available.
The board considered three
SHIP related items.
The board approved $23,332 in


renovation to HPS construction for
one SHIP house, and $17,370 in
renovations on another SHIP
house to the same contractor.
After some discussion, the limit
on SHIP purchase was raised from
$95,000 to $130,000. This action
reflected the rising real estate prices
in Okeechobee.
Joey Hoover, a member of the
affordable housing committee,
stated that in August of 2004 there
were 60 homes listed for sale in
Okeechobee County. The median
price was $190,000, and only seven
were listed for less that $120,000.
Linda Rucks, SHIP coordinator
for the county, noted that there are
not many $90,000 houses on the
market.
In an unrelated matter, Com-
missioner Gene Woods said he and
Okeechobee County Sheriff Paul
May would be meeting with the
residents of Viking to discuss the
garbage situation, law enforce-
ment and other matters of interest
to the residents. The meeting will
take place at the Basinger Commu-
nity Center at 7 p.m. on Feb. 23.
Commissioners adjusted the
budget to allow for purchases and
cash balances carried over from
last fiscal year, unanticipated grants
and donations to senior services
and a transfer of funds from the
Land Enterprise Fund to the CDBG
fund for construction of two homes
in Douglas Park. The total adjust-
ment amounted to an increase of
$4,499,250 to the budget.
The board approved a change
order to David A. Brooks for the
new courthouse in the amount of
$84,659. Donnie Oden, capitol proj-
ects coordinator for the county,
explained that the change order
covered a variety of miscellaneous
items such as electrical modifica-
tions, things necessary for mainte-
nance, security provisions and
changes in electrical service from
overhead to underground for the
old courthouse.


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wonderful talent of our students
will be showcased, and even
some of the teachers are getting
into the act! It will be an enjoy-
able.family event.
Tomorrow is also the day
progress reports go home. Be
sure to check your child's book


be picked up prior bag.
to 3 p.m. Thank Last week our Spirit Day on
you. / Friday was celebrated with our
South Elemen- favorite team colors. The follow-
tary School was ing classes won the "Spirit Stick"
honored and for their grade level by having
excited to the most students wearing their
receive a dona- favorite team colors: Mrs. Hick-
tion from the man's class for first grade; Mrs.
Nelson Ridge School in New Durrance's class for second
Lenox, Ill. The Student Council grade; Mrs. Milrot's class for
of that school collected money third grade; Mrs. Tedder's class
and wanted to send it to a for fourth grade; and, Mrs.
school that had received dam- Maxwell's class for fifth grade.
age during last fall's hurricanes. Congratulations!
They hoped that we could use Mrs. Lewis reports that in
this gift of $400 to purchase kindergarten the students
equipment or books to replace brought in a collection of 100 to
those .that were lost in the celebrate the 100th Day of
storms. They also sent one of. School. She'd like to thank
their "Rockets" mascots. South Andee and her mom who con-
Elementary is very grateful for tribute items for the celebra-
this act of kindness; a trust tion, and Mrs. Sheffield for com-
account was established for ing in to help with the snacks.
teachers whose rooms were These kindergarten students
damaged by the hurricanes, also enjoyed watching 101 Dal-
You can help our school too, matians as they ate their 100
by enrolling in the Winn-Dixie munchies.
School Rewards program. Go to In first grade Miss
"http://www.winn- Schoonover reported that the
dixie.com/schoolfewards" and students celebrated the 100th
click on the customer enroll- Day of School on Monday, Feb.
meant button. Register your 7, with many exciting activities.
Winn-Dixie Customer Reward They read aloud "100 Days of
Card number and complete the School", read 100 books and
form with your name, designat- filled in their Sight W6rd Book
ing South Elementary as your with 100 words they know and
school of choice. Then, every can spell. They also sang a "100
time you shop at Winn-Dixie Days of School" song, colored in
and use your Customer Reward a hundreds chart by 2's, 5's, and
Card, we will earn points for our 10's, did 100 addition problems,
school for free equipment and and 100 different exercises.
supplies. We appreciate your They ended their day making
help! 100th Day.Gorp and a 100th Day
Don't forget that tomorrow collage.
night is our annual Talent Show. In third grade Mrs. Milrot
It will take place in the cafetori- wants to congratulate Kristin
um at 7 p.m. and everyone is 'Higgins, her Terrific Kid last
invited to attend. Some of the week. Kristin is a third grader


Happy Valentine's Day!
Remember, if your child rides a
bus they will not be able to take
balloons, flowers, or big/break-
able items aboard. If you plan to
send something special to
school, then please make
arrangements for your child to


throughout the school are
Logan Etherton, Kiara Zetina,
Joshua Wall, Josie Lopez, Tris-
ten Nemeth, Regino Garcia,
Kaylee McCrary, Matthew McK-
eehan, Chris Joles, Kyle Sarros,
Danyelle Sheffield, Ben Levins,
Alexandra Torres, Etrella Her-
nandez, Tyler Baird, Rosa Mar-
tinez, Veronica Navarro, Miguel
Benitez and Alena Colon.
Thanks go to Mr. Bennett Yeild-
ing who represented the Kiwa-
nis Club in presenting the Terrif-
ic Kids awards along with a
certificate for a free game of
bowling, compliments of Star-
dust Lanes.


who wants to be a designer
when she grows up and travel to
Hlawaii. For now, she likes to
play in the mud with her friends.
Kristin is a really sweet girl who
always has a funny story to tell.
She laughs a lot and has lots of
friends, her teacher says. Kristin
is a pleasure to have in class.
Getting ready for the FCAT,
Mrs. Milrot reminds parents that
they can help by reviewing
things like telling time, money,
adding and subtracting, multi-
plication, and customary units.
Look in the hallway near her
classroom for writings on dis-
play. These third grade students
did a Valentine writing they'd
like you to see.
In fourth grade the students
are excited about going to the
Seminole Indian Reservation on
Feb.18. They worked hard last
week on their writings for FCAT,
and will always remember that
so many family members came
to encourage them on "Writing
Family Day". Thank you for your
support!
In fourth and fifth grade
music classes, the students are
learning to read music and play
the recorder. Recorders in vari-
ous colors are available to pur-
chase from Mrs. Yielding for $3.
Students are urged to use good
musicianship and play their
instruments quietly, producing a
pleasing musical tone.
Stephanie Deal was chosen
as Mrs. Tedders' "Student of the
Month" and "Terrific Kid" last
week; she gives 100 percent day
in and day out. Mrs. Brewer's
Terrific Kid was Joshua Brown,
who can always be caught fol-
lowing the rules and making
good choices. Dustin McCloskey
was her Student.of the Month. In
Mrs. P.hillips' class, Johnathan
Fertig was Terrific Kid and Kellie
Travers was chosen as'Student
of the Month. Great job, stu-
dents!
The Terrific Kids for this week


Glades County Roundup


Hurricane relief
Glades County Property
Appraiser Larry Luckey.
announced that county residents
whose homes were damaged in
the 2004'hurricane season could
be eligible for hurricane relief in
certain circumstances.
Applications for relief for
Glades County residents who
bought replacement mobile
homes are due to Mr. Luckey's
office by May 1. The relief is cal-
culated based on sales tax paid
on the replacement mobile
home. Applications are eligible
for either relief for residents with
homestead exemptions or relief
related to mobile home replace-
ment, but not both.
Copies of the application
form may be obtained by visiting
Luckey's office or by calling
(863) 946-6026 or toll free (877)
445-2337.-For more information
about the hurricane relief pro-


gram, residents may visit the
Florida Department of Revenue
Web site
http://www.myflorida.com/dor.

Professional
biker rodeo set
L-Cross X-treme Events and
the Iron Eagle Bar present South
Florida's first Professional Biker
Rodeo and Swap Meet, Friday,
March 18 through Sunday,
March 20. Gates open at 3 p.m.,
Friday. until dark on Sunday.
Gate fee is $25 per person.
Rodeo events are to be
announced. Entry fee is $5. Live
entertainment Friday night to be
announced.
David Allen Coe will perform
live on the L-Cross Stage, Satur-
day, March 19 at 8 p.m. No cool-
ers, glass containers, firearms,
pets, three-wheelers or attitudes
allowed in rodeo area.


Vendors are welcome. The
weekend fee is $125. For more
information call Betty at (863)
467-1360 or Mark Pearce at
(863) 634-1102 or visit the Web
site at www.l-cross.com.

GCEM holding a
satellite office

Glades'- County Emergency
Management is now holding a
temporary satellite office at the
Buckhead Ridge Fire Depart-
ment on Wednesdays from 9
a.m. until noon to distribute hur-
ricane recovery information.
The satellite office hours Will
continue until further notice.
For more information about
Glades County, see the Glades
County Democrat, published
every Thursday. Glades County
news is also available online at
www.newszap.com.


Staff photo/Pete Gawda
Recognition of scholar
Ryan Bailey (left) was recognized by Okeechobee County
Superintendent of Education Dr. Patricia Cooper (right) at
Tuesday night's school board meeting for being named
the 2005 District Scholar for the Sunshine State Scholar
Programs.


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Community Event

Chamber Coffee Klatch slated
The Chamber of Commerce Coffee Klatch will be held Feb. 17
starting at 8 a.m. It will be hosted by Elite Title, 1120 S. Parrott Ave.
All Chamber members and their guests are invited. For informa-
tion, (863) 824-0800.



Letter to the Editor


My hero
Finally, the time I've been
anticipating for hours arrives. The
bell sounds and the school day
ends. I join the stampede of chil-
dren running out the double
doors towards the big yellow bus.
As I climb the steep steps, the
warm smile of my bus driver, Mrs.
Gwynette greets me. The difficult
task of finding someone willing to
share a seat awaits me. Another
passenger who selfishly shifts to
the center of the seat fills each
seat I pass, leaving me no room to
sit. Just as I am about to give up,
someone grabs my arm and pulls
me into the seat thoughtfully
reserved just for me.
The person responsible is my
big brother, my hero, Matthew.
Growing up, I wanted to do
everything Matthew did. A sister
that followed him around all the
time was the last thing he wanted,
but he tolerated me and often
took up for me.
When I attended kindergarten,
I felt shy and my peers often
found pleasure in taunting me.
Although it upset me, I found
comfort in the fact that I could
always rely on my brother to save
me. Being confident of himself,
he would simply march over to
the group of cruel children and
demand they leave me alone. The
frightened kindergarten children
would look up to him, a.towering
third grader, and promise never to
ridicule me again.
As the years passed by, my
brother continued to give me rea-
sons to look up to him. As he
entered the teenage years, he
developed into a responsible
adult. He began to work on a
neighbor's farm at the mere, age
of 13. He proved to be incredibly
trustworthy and was given a mul-
titude of responsibilities.
His eyes gleamed with pride
when he brought home his first
vehicle. Hours of physical labor
had finally paid off in the form of a
slate gray, single cab, Ford Ranger.
Delight filled me when he took
me for a ride down the dusty dirt
roads. I looked over at him,
smiled and thought to myself, "I
admire him so much."
In January of my sophomore
year of high school, Matthew
gave the ultimate reason to
respect him he joined the
United States Marine Corps.
It was a Sunday afternoon
when I heard the dreaded knock
on the front door. It was the
recruiter coming to take my
brother away to basic training.
My father reluctantly opened the
door and welcomed the sharply
dressed gentleman into our
home. He advised my brother to
say his goodbyes so they could,
be on their way. The recruiter
kindly stepped outside as we


began our tearful goodbyes.
Soon afterwards, my brother
loaded his small navy blue carry
bag into the trunk of the car and
climbed in the passenger seat.
Watching the hunter green Ford
Taurus slowly depart from our
driveway was one of the hardest
things I have ever had to do. It
would only be three months
until the next time I would see
him, but I knew it would seem
like a lifetime. .
For a moment I wondered
why he had made the decision to
join the Marine Corps. How
could he just leave his family like
this? Then I realized, he was fol-
lowing his dreams and doing
one of the noblest things he
could possibly do.
Three months later I found
myself sitting in the stands of the
parade deck in Parris Island, S.C.
People waiting to see their own
personal hero surrounded me.
First came the color guard
and the band, followed by rows
and rows'of marching soldiers.
My heart leaped as I spotted my
brother. Pride filled me as I
stared out at the brave soldiers
who would be willing to give the
ultimate sacrifice for their-coun-
try if necessary.
When the ceremony conclud-
ed, my family and I raced to my
brother's side. The months of
physical activity had taken its toll
on his body. He appeared much
leaner and looked slightly dehy-
drated. A wide grin came to my
face when he reached over to
give me a big hug'and called me
my old nickname. Even though
his outside appearance had
been altered, I knew that deep
down inside he was still the
same person he was three
months earlier.
He has now been in the
Marine Corps for two years and
is currently stationed in Califor-
nia. We also have a new mem-
ber in our family, his wife Jessi-
ca. They met while in Military
Occupational School in Pen-
sacola, Fla., and were married
soon after. This new chapter in
Matthew's life solidifies his sta-
tus as my ultimate hero.

Heather Wehling

(Editor's Note: Heather
Wehling is a student at Appling
County Comprehensive High
School in Baxley, Ga. This essay
was a class assignment. She will
be graduating second in her class
of 192 students in May. Heather
and Matthew are the children of
Michael and Denise Wehling, for-
merly of Okeechobee, and the
grandchildren of Don and Shirley
Pope and Mike and Waveleen
Wehling of Okeechobee.)


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Courtesy photo/Florida State Archives


This is a 1929 photograph of the steamboat Suwanee being rebuilt by Henry Ford. The sternwheeled steamboat was built
in 1888 at Branford on the Suwannee River for T.A. Wallace. It was 70 feet long, 16.5 feet wide and drew 4 feet of water.
The Suwanee was brought to Fort Myers in 1902-03 by Captain Prince, who sold her to Captains Fred and Conrad Menge
who rebuilt her, adding staterooms to make an excursion and passenger boat for the Gulf and Calooashatchee. The boat
sank in the canal at Moore Haven after the 1926 storm. Henry Ford wished to preserve her because she had been the
favorite of his friend Thomas Edison. Some of the timbers of the sunken boat were rescued and, under Conrad Menge's
guidance, the Suwanee was rebuilt to appear as it did before 1920 when the Menge brothers added 20 feet to its.length.
Described as the only steamer operating through the heart of the Everglades, the Suwanee made regular trips between
Fort Myers and Fort Lauderdale. It traveled through the Caloosahatchee, Lake Okeechobee and the North New River
Canal. Do you have any old photos of the Okeechobee area or of Okeechobee citizens to share with our readers? Bring
them by the Okeechobee News office, 107 S.W. 17th St., and we can copy them while you wait.


Upcoming Events

Monday
VFW #10539 Ladies Auxiliary lunch and bingo will start at noon
at the Post, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E. Auxiliary members and guest are
invited. Please R.S.VP. to (863) 763-2308.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9 a.m. at the Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited. For information or to schedule an appearance,
contact Patsy Black at (863) 467-7068.
The Genealogical Society of Okeechobee will meet at 1:30 p.m.
at the Okeechobee County Public Library. This meeting is open to
anyone interested in tracing their ancestry. The annual member-
ship is $10 per person, and $12 for a family. For more information,
call Eve at (863) 467-2674, or visit the web at:
http://www.rootsweb.com/-flgso.

Tuesday
Alanon meetingwill be held at the Church of Our Savior at 8
p.m.
Woman at the Well meet at 7 p.m., at The Gathering in the con-
ference room for a weekly 12-step recovery and support group
meeting for women overcoming chemical dependency, For infor-
mation, call 467-1112 or (863) 357-4418.
Family History Center meets from 9 until noon at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St. Anyone interest-
ed ir finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is
Census, IGI (International Genealogical Institute), Social Security
Death Index and military information available. For information,
call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
The Camera Club meets every other Tuesday from 5:30 until
6:30 p.m. Learn types and uses of film; speeds and technology;
and, how to see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic
through extensive. Registration is $20, and each class is $10. Call
Bobbi at (863) 467-2614 for information and location. Some of the
proceeds will go towards Big Lake Mission's Outreach.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets at noon at the Golden Corral
Restaurant. All Rotarians and anyone else interested are invited. For
information, contact Bill Bartlett at (863) 467-4663.
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30 a.m. at
the Clock Restaurant for breakfast. For information, call (863) 763-
5887 or (863) 357-0297.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in
the Fellowship Hall. This is a men's only meeting. For information,
call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden Cor-
ral Restaurant. Anyone interested in becoming a member is wel-
come. For information, contact Elder Sumner at (863) 763-6076.
The Living Word of Faith Church; 1902 S. Parrott Ave., is having
Bible studies at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring
many Bible truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at
the Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at
(863) 467-2321.
Bipolar Bears meets at 11 a.m. at Welcome House, which is
located next to the driver's license office. It is a self-help group that
offers support and education for people who have been diagnosed
with clinical depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, schizo-affective
disorder or dual diagnosis.

Wednesday
AA. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Sav-
iour. It's an open meeting.
A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church. It will be a closed discussion.
Lakeside Cruise'n Car Show meeting from 7 until 9 p.m. in the
Wal-Mart parking lot in front of the Garden Center. Just stop by to
show a car you may have, or check out the cars and visit with the.
car owners while you listen to the great oldies music.
The Okeechobee County Board of Realtors meet at noon at Fat
Boy's Restaurant. All board members and affiliates are invited. For
information, call (863) 467-0004.
Look good, feel better! 6:30 p.m. at the Fountain of Youth Beau-
ty Salon located at 1210 S.W Second Ave. It's a free national public
service program to help women with cancer by teaching them
beauty techniques to diminish appearance-related side effects of
treatment. R.S.VP. to (863) 467-2096 or (863) 763-8833.
The Okeechobee Jaycees invites everyone to their meetings
each month at the American Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St.,
at 7:30 p.m. They are always looking for new people and new
ideas. For information, call Margaret Bowers at (863) 763-7399 or
610-9176.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group
that enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For infor-
mation, contact Randy or Larese Maycumber at (863) 467-0359.


Crime Prevention Tip
It is illegal to leave a vehicle unattended, and running with the
key in the ignition.


Community Events

Free help with tax returns offered
AARP Taxaide is the nation's largest, free, volunteer run, tax
counseling preparation service. Their free service can answer
most of the tax issues faced by middle- to low-income taxpayers,
with special attention to taxpayers age 60 or older. Your tax
returns can be filed electronically. Taxaide will be working Feb.
14 through April 15, on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. until
1 p.m. at the American Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St. You
need to bring last year's tax return and the necessary papers
needed to file your 2004 tax return. Taxaide does not prepare
state income tax returns. For information contact Margaret
Burns, district coordinator instructor, at (863) 357-2247.

Grace Christian Schools seek help
Grace Christian Schools need the help of the community and
are seeking tax deductible donations to help rebuild their play-
ground that was damaged during the hurricanes. For more infor-
mation, call Grace Christian Schools at (863) 763-3072.

Library hosts computer classes
The Heartland Library Cooperative will be holding basic and
advanced computer classes at the Okeechobee County Library,
206 S.W. 16th St. Basic computer knowledge and word processing
sills will be demonstrated, as well as how to access and navigate
the internet. For the dates and times of these classes, contact the
Okeechobee County Library at (863) 763-3536.

Food pantry reopens
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church Food Pantry, 312 N. Parrott
Ave., is open again. It is located in the back parking lot of the
church. The temporary gray bbx is stocked and ready for anyone
who needs food. All you need is an I.D. The hours of operation are
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. until noon.

Red Cross needs DAT volunteers
The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers to be part of
their Disaster Action Team (DAT). The DAT is made up of a group
of trained volunteers who respond to local disasters such as struc-
ture fires, floods, etc. If you would like to give of your time and tal-
ents to help local citizens in a time of disaster, please contact Andy
or Candace at the American Red Cross Okeechobee Branch by
calling (863) 763-2488.

Historical mug and book on sale
The Okeechobee Historical Society now has mugs that have
an image of the old Okeechobee County Courthouse on two
sides of the mugs. You can purchase the cup with a paper telling
some of the history of the beautiful old building for $6. These are
available at the Chamber of Commerce. The Historical Society
has reprinted the small booklet entitled "Pictorial History of
Okeechobee County-Florida" that sells for $4. It, too, is available
at the Chamber of Commerce. Both are also available at the His-
torical Museum, which is open each Thursday from 9 a.m. until
1:30 p.m. except for holidays.

Faith Farm Thrift store reopens
The Faith Farm Thrift Store, 1852 S.R. 70 W. has now reopened.
Store hours are from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
For more information, call (863) 467-4342.

Christian Church hosting revival
The Parrott Avenue Christian Church will be hosting a revival
with Evangelist Dr. Glenn Bourne, a retired professor from the
Florida Christian College. Also, the Heartland Boys Trio from Ken-
tucky will be in concert each evening. Their concerts will start at 7
p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Feb. 14-16. For information, call
(863) 697-2258.

Responding to loss seminar
The First Baptist Church will be holding a Responding to
Loss seminar on Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. You will have
to pre-register by Feb. 14 with your name and a $5 registration
fee. The speaker will be Ruth Sisson Green, R.N. For informa-
tion, call (863) 467-2832 or the church at (863) 763- 2171.

Genealogical Society meets at library
The Genealogical Society will meet Monday, Feb. 14, at 1:30
p.m. at the Okeechobee County Library, and will hold a discus-
sion on obituaries. Please bring your families to the meeting.
The public is invited. For information, call Eve at (863) 467-
2674.


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Coloring contest helps the American Red Cross


Staff photo/Lorna Jablonski
Hero award
Leslie Spurlock (left) presented Dora Sanchez with the
Healthy Start hero award at their 2005 annual meeting.


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Certificate of Appreciation
Leslie Spurlock (left) presents Tina Clemons (right) with a
certificate of appreciation for the years of service and hard
work that she has given to the Healthy Start Coalition. The
presentation was made at the recently held 2005 annual
meeting.


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Does your little one love to
color? Love Disney? If so, you're
in for a great opportunity where
everyone has a chance to win in
the Color for Cartoons and Charity.
coloring contest.
Two age groups of children
have the opportunity to partici-
pate in the contest by picking up a
coloring sheet at the American
Red Cross office, 323 N. Parrot
Ave., or at the, Eddie'Accardi deal-
eirhip at 4224 U.S. 441IS. in Okee-


chobee.
To be eligible, children must
be in one of the following age
groups: 4 and under, and 5 to 7.
'Once completed, coloring
sheets must be delivered to the
Eddie Accardi Dodge dealership
in Okeechobee for the Brighton
Rodeo by Wednesday, Feb. 16, by
5 p.m. Name, telephone number
and age group must be clearly
printed on the back ofLthe child's
entry. Those entries submitted


with the child's name on the front
will be disqualified.
A panel of Eddie Accardi
Dodge employees will judge the
entries, and will select the top five
in each category. Final entries will
be on display at the Brighton and
Okeechobde rodeos, and will be
voted on by rodeo attendees.
The five finalists from each cat-
egory will be displayed at the
Brighton Rodeo on Saturday, Feb.
19, and Sunday, Feb. 20.


Attendees at the rodeo will
select the winner in each category
by voting wih their donation. The
finalist whose drawing earns the
most cash donation by the end of,
the rodeo will be selected the win-
ner for tfieir category. The winner"
in each category will receive a day
.pass for four,to Disney, with a $50
voucher for lunch.
The American Red Cross will
be the recipient of all funds donat-
ed to determine the winner of this
contest.


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FWC cites best bets to bag bream in the


Whether it's panfish or sun-
fish here in the Deep South
we call them bream.
They are those deep-bodied
fish that occupy pretty much
every body of water in Florida,
according to the Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion (FWC).
Bream can be scrappy
enough to put up a decent fight
for anglers who use light tackle,
or a small child can land them
with a cane pole.
Bluegill, redear sunfish
(shellcrackers), redbreast sun-
fish, spotted sunfish (stump-
knockers) and warmouth, deep-
fried with hush puppies and
cheese grits on the side make up
a traditional southern feast
that's hard to match anywhere
else in the world.
The most popular bream in
these parts is the bluegill, basi-
cally because it is the most
abundant and one of the tasti-
est. People catch them on earth-
worms, crickets and grass
shrimp. They'll also hit little
spinnerbaits, popping bugs and
sinking flies. The state record for
bluegill is 2.95 pounds.
Shellcrackers taste just as
good as their bluegill cousins,
but they're bigger. In fact, the
state-record shellcracker is a
4.86-pound monster. Shellcrack-
ers go for worms, grass shrimp,
crickets, snails and clams. Fly-
fishermen bag a few here and
there, but shellcrackers don't
seem to care much for artificial
baits.
For other types of bream,
earthworms are the bait to use
around woody structures or veg-
etation.
FWC. fisheries biologists,
who spend their time sizing up
fishing opportunities here in the
Fishing Capital of the World,
have announced their picks for
Florida's best bream-fishing
holes for 2005.
They are (in no particular
order):


Courtesy photos
Bluegill can be found in the
Rim Canal, and at Indian
Prairie, Fisheating Bay and
around West Wall.
Lake Monroe, near San-
ford. This lake is a good one for
bluegill anglers, particularly if
water levels remain high. Also,
anglers who work bulrush areas
might bag some nice shellcrack-
ers.
Lake Kissimmee, in Osceo-
la County. For bluegill and shell-
cracker anglers, this lake is a
baby doll for boaters and
waders. Use weighted crickets
to lure bluegill off their beds,
and get ready for a big fish fry.
June through August is prime
time.
West Lake Tohopekaliga
(Lake Toho, for short), near
Kissimmee. Besides being a leg-
end among bass anglers all over
the world, Lake Toho's bluegill
and shellcrackers this year are
big and hungry and looking for a
fight. Anglers who want to
accommodate them should ren-
dezvous along the grass-line or
open-water areas at Brown's
Point, the mouth of Goblit's
Cove and South Steer Beach.
Fish with earthworms, crickets,
beetle spins, minnows or dough
balls.
Lake Okeechobee. The Big
O is always on list of best fishing
holes for just about any kind of
anglers. The bluegill are in the
Rim Canal. They are also hang-
ing out with the shellcrackers at
Indian Prairie, Fisheating Bay,
West Wall, Bay Bottom and Peli-
can Bay. Bream here like sandy-
bottom areas 2- to 5-feet deep.


The redear sunfish, which is
also known as a shellcracker,
is bigger than its bluegill
cousin and will take an
angler's offering of worms,
grass shrimp, crickets, snails
and clams. Shellcrackers can
be found around Indian
Prairie and Fisheating Bay.
On the south end, they can
be found at Bay Bottom and
Pelican Bay.
The best bait for them is grass
shrimp, but shellcrackers will
also take earthworms, and
bluegill will go for crickets. Fly-
fishers can do well with popping
bugs and sinking flies. Jigs and
spinners on ultralight tackle can
make fishing in Lake Okee-
chobee a memorable experi-
ence.
Lake Panasoffkee, in
Sumter County. FWC biologists
have been nurturing this lake
with tender loving care in recent
years, and they've got it to
where shellcrackers, bluegill
and warmouth are practically
jumping into boats. Bream fish-
ing is best during full-moon peri-
ods at Shell Point, Grassy Point
and Tracy's Point. Bream also
await anglers at the shell beds at
the mouth of the Outlet River
and in the middle of the lake. Lit-
tle Jones Creek is the place for
warmouth action if the water
stays high.
e Lake Talquin, near Talla-
hassee. Starting in May and last-
ing throughout the summer,
shellcrackers and bluegill will
lurk around the upper end of the
reservoir and in the backs of var-
ious creeks. They'll be waiting
in 3- to 7-feet of water to pounce


on artificial flies, earthworms,
crickets or whatever else anglers
offer them on fly rods, bream
busters or light spinning tackle.
When you fish for bream in this
lake, it's a good idea to invite
some neighbors over for supper
beforehand, because you'll
probably need some help eating
all the fish you'll catch.
Tenoroc, on the outskirts of
Lakeland. This 13-lake complex
is paradise for bream anglers,
not to mention bass fishermen.
Tenoroc consistently has the
highest catch ratio of all the
water bodies in Florida. FWC
fisheries biologists get to try
pretty much anything they want
to do on Tenoroc, and the result
is a fishing opportunity,
unmatched anywhere. Call the
Tenoroc office at (863) 499-2421
to make reservations. Tenoroc is
open four days a week.
Lake Harris Chain, near
Leesburg. This is where bream
anglers get to square off with the
real shellcracker and bluegill
heavyweights. Bream grow big
in these waters and demonstrate
some real fighting spirit on their
end of a fishing line. Anglers find
them in 4- to 6-feet of water near
Astatula and the Howey Bridge
spanning Little Lake Harris, plus
the lily pads and spatterdock
patches near the Ninth Street
Canal out from Leesburg.
Bluegill also take to the shal-
lows, tight to the saw grass
shorelines. Just downstream
from Lake Harris, Lake Eustis
offers its own opportunities,
complete with gravel fish attrac-
tors along the Eustis Lake Walk
pier and shell beds near the sail-
boat marina and along the east
shore. The lily pads in Dead
River offer good fishing. Lake
Griffin offers good shellcracker
fishing in the.mouth of Haines
Creek, Yale Canal and along the
wooded' banks of the northern
end of Pine Island. Live worms
and grass shrimp are the baits to
use throughout the whole chain.


Lake Marian, i
County. This little sw
a well-kept secret am
anglers. Shellcrack
heats up in March
bluegill fishing kicks
later, and bream fishe
themselves out all
through the summer
Fish in this lake bite 1
full moon and new n
ods. Use worms, (
grass shrimp for bait
ing tiny spinner bait
light tackle.
Lake Istokpo
Sebring. This large, bi
shallow, lake is a blut
hole, and it's a fun I
because of the way
best when they study
fish's movements a
From April through
fish hang around c
bulrush. Other times
best spots are around
Grassy Island, Bu
Island, around san
along the edges of ee
crickets for bluegil
worms for shellcrac
ping bugs work well
ermen.
Choctawhatche
the Panhandle. This


Deep South

n Osceola to go for shellcrackers. They like
reetheart is to bed in its quiet waters during
ong bream April, and they stay hungry until
er fishing early fall. Also, in late spring and
or April, early summer, redbreast sun-
s in a little fish, stumpknockers and war-
:rmen wear mouth wait for worms, crickets
the way and grass shrimp in the smaller
er months. creeks off the main channel.
best during Panfish from the river are at their
moon peri- best swimming in a deep fryer
crickets or amid some hush puppies.
or try cast- Suwannee River, from the
:s on ultra- gulf to the Georgia line. If you
think all the world is sad and
oga, near dreary everywhere you roam,
ut relatively maybe a mess of stumpknockers
gill honey- and redbreast sunfish from the
lake to fish Suwannee River is your ticket to
anglers do bliss. Anglers find plenty of
and follow action in the middle stretch of
nd habits. the river, but as they move closer
nd habits. t6 the mouth, fishing goes from
June, pan- good to magnificent. This river
attails and has plenty of bluegill and shell-
of year, the crackers too. Try near tree banks
SBig Island, on deep shores, the creek
mble Bee mouths and along water lilies.
dbars and Use crickets, mealworms, beetle
elgrass. Use spins or fly-fishing tackle with
1 and live small popping bugs. If you can
ckers. Pop- find some catalpa worms, get
for fly-fish- some of them for bait too, and
tell the old folks at home you'll
ee River, in be bringing back enough bream
is the place to feed everybody.


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NASCAR Daytona 500
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the pole position for the NASCAR Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway Sun-
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Sports Briefs


OCRA sign ups
are under way
The 2005 Okeechobee Citi-
zens Recreational Association
(O.C.R.A.) will hold their base-
ball and softball sign-ups Feb. 19
from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Teen
Town.
Feb. 19 will be the last day for
sign-ups. Anyone signing up
after that date will be placed on
awaiting list.
A birth certificate for proof of
age will be required. League
ages for the 2005 season are:
baseball: Tee-ball- 5 and 6 years
old; rookie 7 and 8 years old;
AAA- 9 and 10 years old; Majors-
11 and 12 years old; and, Dixie
Boys 13 and 14 years, old. Soft-
ball: Darlings 7 and 8 years old;
Angels- 9 and 10 years old; Pony-
tails- 11 and 12 years old; Belles-
13, 14 and 15 years old; and
Debs -18 and under. The official
playing age of all children will be
determined by their age on July
31, 2005, for baseball and May
31, 2005, for softball.
Sign up fees are $60 for the
first child, $55 for the second
child and $50 for every child
after that in the same household.
If you would like to sponsor a
team or purchase a banner or
volunteer to help, contact Media
Director Rev. Paul E. Jackson Sr.


at (863) 824-0899 or Treasurer
George Dukes at (863) 467-9996
from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
For more information, check
the O.C.R.A. website at
www.chobee.com.

Hunters can apply
for license online
Beginning July 1, 2005, the
Fish.and Wildlife Conservation
Commission will revise the
method in which hunters may


apply for regular and special
quota hunt permits.
The current paper-based sys-
tem has been in place for at least
25 years. With the new method
hunters will be able to apply for
regular and special quota hunt
permits through their Total
Licensing System (TLS) at
license vendors statewide or
from their website MyFWC.com...
For information, contact
Eddie White of the FWC at 850-
488-8573, ext. 17336.


AIR CONDITIONING
Quality AIC & Heating
2800 S.W. 3rd Terr.
467-1545
10% OFF cost to repair any Central A/C
Okeechobee Air Conditioning
312 S.W. 2nd St.
763-8391
10% OFF cost to repair any Central A/C System
(Does not apply w/any other discount)
ALUMINUM GUTTERS
Barry's Seamless Aluminum
Rain Gutters
202 N.E. Greenbriar Ave.
Port St. Lucie, FL
877-878-9682
10% OFF any services
ANTIQUES
Don's Down South Antiques
441 S.E. and 15A
763-2712
10% OFF any purchase
APPLIANCE SERVICE
McKenna's Appliance Repair
Mobile Service 357-1019
10% OFF first service call
Advanced Appliances
Sales & Service
128 S.E. Park St. 467-6037
10% Discount on Service & Sales
ART GALLERY
Absolutely Art Gallery
& Custom Framing
115 S.W. Park St.
357-1199
10% OFF storewide
AUTO
E&E Automotive Clinic Inc.
3585 Hwy. 441 N.
763-2666
5% OFF on selected maintenance services
including tune-ups, oil services, etc.
BARRELS
Darrell's Barrell's
6420 Hwy. 98 N.
763-8727
10% OFF all barrel's
BEAUTY SALONS
Incredible Hair & Nails
2303 S. Parrott Ave.
357-2282
10% OFF any service
BEAUTY SUPPLIES
Trading Post Indoor Shops
AVON
3100 Hwy 441 S.
Free gift with any purchase
BOATS
Big 0 Boats
1000 N.W. 9th Street
763-8650
$500 OFF 16'6" Twister Flats Boat
CLEANING
AA Honest Cleaning Service
P.O. Box 1784
467-6729
10% Discount
COMPUTER PARTS
T&D Computer Parts
6690 S.E. 88,th Trail
467-1107
4% Discount on purchases $1,000 & under
8% Discount on purchases over $1,000


COMPUTER REPAIR
Smith's Custom Computers
405 W.S. Park Street
763-3940
10% off Sales & Service
(excluding Internet Service)
DRY CLEANING
Porter's Dry Cleaners
1700 S. Parrott Ave.
467-1799
10% Discount
ELECTRIC
Big Lake Electric, Inc.
208 S.W. 7th Ave.
357-2744
10% Discount On /ll Servcie Repair Calls
FLIGHT TRAINING
Tradewinds Flight School, Inc.
2982 Aviation Way
Fort Pierce
561-460-7766
10% Flight Instruction, Air Craft Rental or Sight
Seeing Tours
Introductory flight $35.00. (Reg. $50)
GROCERY
Crazy Mary's Bent-n-Dent
927 W.S. Park Street
763-5515
5% Off Purchase
Trading Post Indoor Shops
Dent & Bent
3100 Hwy 441 S.
5% Discount
GUTTER SYSTEMS
JT's Guttering Systems
1677 S.W. 8TH ST.
763-7704
FURNITURE
Paula's Furniture
413 S.W. Park St.
357-6700
10% Discount
HEALTH FOOD
Nature's Pantry
417 W.S. Park St.
467-1243
10% OFF all purchase
MASSAGE THERAPY
Marilyn's Massage Center
2303 S. Parrott Ave.
357-1116
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10% OFF 1/2 hour
MIRRORS & VERTICALS
Unique Mirrors & Verticals
302 S.W. 2nd Ave.
467-7372
10% OFF
NURSERY & LANDSCAPING
Pelham Nursery
4333 Hvry. 441 S.E.
467-7415
10% OFF plants


PAWN SHOP
Elliotts Pawn Shop
419 W.S. Park St.
763-5553
10% OFF on all purchases


PHOTO DEVELOPING
Elliotts Quik Foto
& 1 Hour Film Developing
419 W.S. Park St.
763-5553
10% OFF film processing
PLUMBING
Lonnie Price Plumbing
4523 S.E. 30th St.
763-5959
10% Discount on Hourly Labor
PRESSURE CLEANING
Big Lake Pressure Cleaning
4459 S.E. 21st Ct.
357-2773
10% OFF on all pressure cleaning and painting
REPAIRS
Ray's Repair Service
4341 S.W. 99th Drive
(863) 467-4561
Discount: $5.00 off a $30.00 service call.
RESTAURANTS
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2054 Hwy. 70 W.
763-2040
$1 OFF Prime Rib Dinner (excluding specials)
SANDBLASTING
Dayton's Sandblasting
6420 Hwy. 98 N.
763-8727
10% OFF all services
STAINED GLASS
Tropical Stained Glass
2900 S.W. 3rd Terr.
467-6263
5% OFF any merchandise
TAX SERVICE
Rapid Tax & Accounting Serv.
3391 Hwy. 441 South
467-1040
10% OFF tax preparation or 3rd month bookkeeping free
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Bardon Taxi
467-0488
10% OFF Fares
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Water Treatment Co.
315 S.W. Park St.
763-1313
50% OFF In store fill up of your
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At the Movies

The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
III.
Movie times for Friday, Feb. 11,
through Thursday, Feb. 17, are as
follows:
Theatre I "The Aviator" (PG-
13) Showtimes: Friday at 7 p.m.
only, Saturday and Sunday at 2
and 7 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7
p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2 and 7 p.m.
Theatre II "Hitch" (PG-13)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9
p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
p.m.
Theatre III "Hide and Seek"
(R) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9
p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
p.m.
Tickets are $5 for adults; chil-
dren 12 and under are $4; senior
citizens are $4 for all movies; and,
matinees are $3.50.
For information, call (863) 763-
7202."

Briefs

Redirection Center
needs more volunteers
Do you have a few hours to
spare? Would you like to make a
difference in a child's life? Do you
have a job skill that you would
like to teach others? Do you
belong to a civic organization or
religious organization and would
like to spread the word? If you
answered yes to any of these
questions, please contact Tom
Jones or Karin Aldridge at Okee-
chobee Redirection Center, 357-
5905. We are looking for volun-
teers to work a few hours a
month with committed youth.
Need help paying for quality
child care?
Volunteers sought
for mediation program
If you have time on your hands
and want to work within the court
system try the mediation pro-
gram. The Nineteenth Judicial Cir-
cuit mediation program.is looking
for volunteers that would like to
become a mediator for the courts.
All mediators are court appoint-
ed, train.ednd-certi~~i bly! the.
Supreme Court of FlQoida.!If you;
would beirrterested I l v81luteer-'
ing and want more information
on the program please call
Andrea Bemenderfer at (561)
871-5305.
Children's ranch
plans yard sales
Every Wednesday, Thursday
and Friday and some Saturdays
yard sales will he held at the Real
Life Children's Ranch, 7777 U.S.
441 S.E., from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Items for sale include clothing,
furniture and baby stuff. For infor-
mation, call Rosie at (863) 763-
4242.
IRCC offers free
adult basic education
Indian River Community Col-
lege will be offering free adult.
basic education/GED and English
as a second language classes at
these locations: Dixon Hendry
Center, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave.,
English as second language class-
es, Monday and Wednesday from
10 a.m. until noon, adult basic
education/GED, Monday through
Thursday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.
and Friday. from 8 a.m. until 4
p.m.; Seminole Reservation,
Brighton, Adults basic educa-
tion/GED, Tuesday and Thursday
from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m.; Church
at Larson Dairy, S.R. 70 East, Eng-
lish as a second language, Tues-
day and Thursday, from 4 until 8
p.m.; One-Stop, 123 S.W Park St.,
adult basic education/GED, Mon-
day through Thursday, from 7
a.m. until noon; El Centro Santa
Fe, 115 S.W. Fifth Ave., Citizenship
class, Thursday, from 6:30 until 9
p.m.; Yearling Middle School, 925,
N.W. 23 Lane, adult basic educa-
tion/GED and English as a second
language classes, Monday
through Thursday, from 6 until 9
p.m.; Everglades Elementary,
3725 S.E. Eighth St., English as a
second language classes, Tuesday
and Thursday from 6 until 9 p.m.;
and, Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St., English
as a second language, Tuesday


and Thursday from 7 until 9 p.m. .
Child Find
helps kids
Your local Florida Diagnostic
and Learning Resources System
(FDLRS) Center offers a service
known as Child Find. Child Find
helps find and identify children up
to 21 years of age, who may need
special education services. The pri-
mary focus is on 3- and 4-year-old
children not yet in a school setting.
Child Find provides free screenings
on speech and language, develop-
ment, vision, and hearing. For
more information, please contact
Debbie Wagner at 1-800-358-8525.


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CAT- F 2yrs old Brown, bick
& wht. Long haired, Blue
collar 2/1/05 Vic Calusa
Harbor 863-675-1050.

CHIHUAHUA, Very Small,
Black w/tan spots by ears,
eyes & on legs. REWARD!
863-697-6436/467-4852

LOST: 2/7, male Pekingese,
tan & white, neutered, vie.
Oak Park, "Chucky".
(863)467-8691

SET OF KEYS- lost in the vi-
cinity of Walmart or The
Farm Store or Scottys.
(863)763-1386.


Free to good home: 1 yr.
old fem. pit bull, good na-
tures, very loving, all
shots. 561 351-8669

OLD SCHOOL BUS- no
seats, good for storage,
you must tow away,
(239)369-8632.

PUPPIES- 2 mix breed, 8
weeks old, to good home
only, (863)634-4669


RABBIT MANURE Free,
you pick up, by the truck
load or bucket. Call 863-
635-4690 Frostproof .


Male, attractive, excellent
income, seeks slender fe-
male age 20-45 for com-
panionship/romance. .Will-
ing to pay expenses. 305-
519-5177.

RIDE NEEDED
M-F, morning from Indian-
town to Stuart. Will pay,
(772)597-1121.

Tall Guy secure, 60, to meet
attractive gal or friends for
dining, fishing, traveling,
etc. Call 863-946-3123


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Clewiston FL 9:00 a.m. Both Days
2000 + Items, 300+ 2&4 Wheel
Drive Tractors 50 to 300hp, Motor
Graders, Loaders, Cranes, Dozers,
Forklifts, Excavators, Backhoes,
Farm Equip, Planters, Pumps,
Sprayers, Pick Ups, Semi Tractors &
Dump Trucks.

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Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
,then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442


Need a few more bucks to
purchase something
deer? Pick up some extra
bucks when you sell your
used items in the classi-
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Part-Time Pharmacist
Pharmaceutical Services
Located at
Okeechobee Health Care Facility.
Call:
(863) 357-2442
for more information

EXPERIENCED MECHANIC
Needed for large dairy. Contact Ben
at McArthur Farms, Inc. Maintenance
Shop, 1550 N.E. 208th St.,
Okeechobee, FL 34972. (863)763-7233.
Benefits include group health insurance,
profit sharing, and 401(k).
Drug free workplace. E.O.E.

Immediate Openings CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person.To:
406 N. W. 4th Street. (863) 357-2442


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Housekeeping ~ Full Time
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Apply In Person Only At
Business Office, 406 N.W. 4th Street


Employment


Employment -
Full-Time 205
Employment
Medical 210
Employment -
Part-Time 215
Employment
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230


Batch Panel Operator
Needed at Feed Mill,
Benefits Available Equal
Opportunity Employer,
Apply at Syfrett Feed
Company 3079 ,NW 8th
Street Okeechobee
(863)763-5586

CDL DRIVER
Local, 2 yrs. exp.
required. Call
863-634-7051 or
863-763-0518
Drug Free Workplace

Server, Hostess, Cook,
Dishwasher, Busboy &
Buffet Attendant Needed
1111 S Parrott Ave.
The Clock Restaurant

DRIVER Must have CDL
Class A w/dbl.
(863)357-6622

DRIVERS
(Must be 21)
Must have CDL Exc.
benefits! Apply at:
Waste Management,
Inc. 10800 NE 128
Ave. Okeechobee, FL
34972 No phone
calls please!!
EOE, DFWP.

DRIVERS NEEDED
Must be experienced & have
a class A CDL Apply
@ Syfrett Feed co. 3079
NW 8th Street
Okeechobee

DRIVERS
Start immediately
$600-900 per. wk, "or
more" benefits/no
heavy lifting-6days wk.
Home every night
A CDL
(866)666-8524

Experienced Heavy
Equipment Operators
Needed for job in Clewiston
area.
DFWP & EOE
1-800-537-3031
Full Time RV Parts
Counter/Cashier Clerk
Benefits. Salary based -
on exp. Call Travel
Easy RV 863-467-0131
Ask for Chris.
Full Time Person for Reach
FM Radio, 90.5 in Lake
Okeechobee. Community
relations person must be
outgoing and organized.
Send resumes by e-mail
to:
info@calvary
productions.net or fax to
505-468-0545.
No Phone Calls Please.
Good Pay, steady work
plus benefits. Turnpike
Citgo is now hiring cash-
iers, fuel attendants and
drivers. Apply at Ft. Drum
Citgo mm 184, FL Turn-
pike (863)763-9383.
DFWP

Hardware Store Counter
Sales, closing paperwork,
great hrs, benefits, Apply
in person, Mobile Home
Depot, 1153 Hwy 441 SE,
Okeechobee


Heavy Equipment
Operator Needed
Salary based on
experience. Laborers also
needed. EOE/DFWP.
Apply at Rock-A-Way, Inc.
2308 S. Parrott Ave.
Okeechobee
(863)763-3143

NEEDED

LAUNDRY
WORKER
Seeking mature,
responsible
person to work full
time in laundry.
Must be Bilingual.
Apply In Person At:
406 N.W. 4h St.
MARINE PARTS Counter
Person needed. Apply in
person @ Big Lake Marina
964 us hwy 441 SE.
MECHANIC
Exp. & working on Heavy
Equip. DFWP & EOE
1-800-537-3031.
MECHANIC NEEDED
Must Be: ASE Certified Auto
Technician & Engine Per-
formance. Apply in person
@ ED's Auto Service.

Oldcastle Greenleaf Inc.
Company and Owner
Operators Wanted
Class A CDL, with flatbed
experience. Deliveries to
major chain stores
Call Janette Martin
800-432-2410
Place your help wanted ad
online at
http://www2.newszap.com/
classfl.html or
mailto: classad@newszap.com
Receptionist, F/T, pleasant
telephone manner, w/
Excel & Word exp. DFWP,
Fax res. 863-763-6337
RECEPTIONIST
Busy Okeechobee Physi-
cians office looking for ex-
perienced receptionist.
Great salary & benefits.
Please fax resume to
(772)221-3330.
Attn: Jamie
ROAD CONTRACTOR
Seeking Proj. Manager/
Proj. Superintendent,
Skilled Operators &
Laborers for upcoming local
project. EOE-M/F,DFWP.
Call (954)321-9336 or Fax
(954)321-0621.

SALES PERSON & PARTS
COUNTER NEED
Must be 18 yrs of age
Apply in person
ARS POWERSPORTS.
SALES POSITION Full Time
Estimator on road & in
office. Must have computer
experience, Excellent
driving record. salary +
Commission. Vac., Sick &
Health Ins. Apply in
person. 2762 NW 4th St.,
Okeechobee. 8am-3pm.
SALES POSITION Full Time
Estimator on road & in
office. Must have computer
experience, Excellent
driving record. salary +
Commission. Vac., Sick &
Health Ins. Apply in
person. 2762 NW 4th St.,
Okeechobee. 8am-3pm.
SERVERS: Exp'd only need
apply, in person after 11am
Brahma Bull Restaurant
2405 Hwy 441 SE.
Tank Wagon Driver
Palmdale Oil Company
Must have a class B
hazmat and tanker
endorsement. Benefits,
insurance, vacation,
IRA available.
Call 863-763-3617 or
800-329-5253.


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Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered 415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services 435


BOOKKEEPING
ACCOUNTING
Set-up and maintain,
bank reconciliations
financial & all tax re-
ports
Semi-retired CPA now
accepting limited
accounts. Mike, cell
(863)243-1368,
office (8631465-1124


COASTAL CLEANING
We Clean:
Homes, Offices,
Carpets, Windows
Licensed & Bonded
Call 863-467-0380.






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Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines 535
Building Materials 540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets 'Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc,560
Clothing 565
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Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts.'Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes. Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
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Heating Equipment'
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Jewelry 635
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Restaurant
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AIR CONDITONER-'94, 3 1/
ton, heat and cool, good
shape, $400. (863)763-
4365.

AIR CONDITONER- '94, 3
ton, heat and cool, good
shape, $500. (863)763-
4365.

Beer Keg Stainless Aire
Draft beer cooler w/extra
C02 bottle warranty $800
Firm (863)763-8391


HALL TREE Dark Oak org.
finished bench seat twin
Umbrella stand Ajustable
$400 (863)467-9413
SAFE: HASENFORDER
Antique, 28x171/2", Exc.
cond. Original painting on
front. $400 863-763-4982

SCHOOL DESK, Antique,
oak, with swivel chair,
60x34, 6 drawers, $800.
(863)467-4047

STEAMER TRUNK, Antique,
great shape, has minor
water damage, $50.
(863)467-7999 Iv msg.
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Wanted: FL ART
A.E. Backus, H. Newton,
Highwaymen Art.
772-562-5567


BLENDER Food Proc. juicer,
grinder All-N-1 Ex. Blades
68 (863)763-8149
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CHEST FREEZER
kelvinator 41"x21x35"
runs great $100
(863)824-0455
DISHWASHER
White
$50.
(239)348-8894.
FRIG/FREEZER
white, like new,
$250
(863)467-1547
GE RANGE Electric
exc. cond. $75
(863)457-4124
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GE REFRIGERATOR
Full size, Frost
free. $50.
(863)357-0863.
MICROWAVE
CONVENTION OVEN
$25.
(239)348-8894.
RANGE, GE, Elec. Good
shape. $75. 863-467-4124


SPEAKER BOX
6x9 JBL car 2 new $25
(863)357-0047
***** *****
STOVE & REFRIGERATOR,
$125. Can see at 266
Hunting Club, Montura or
call (863)599-0979
VENT/FAN
For stove
Almond, $10
(863)634-5405
WASHER & DRYER
GE, Stackable, Runs
Good, $150. Neg.
(863)675-5066.
WASHER/DRYER, like new,
very good condition, $200
or best offer. (863)673-
3334


GALV -ANGLE IRON,
40'x100'+ "Like Bar Joist"
bldg frame, 1 or multi bldg
$4000 609-802-2762



WHITE METAL SIDING
70 sheets, 20'L $350.
Used. Call Gary
863-610-8693.


MENS SLACKS, 4 pairs &
Western shirts, sizes 16-
18, $25. (863)763-9135

SCRUB TOPS (2) Like new.
. Cat pattern. XLg. $5 total.
(863)357-0344 Iv msg.




COMPUTER- HP Pentium II,
192MB ram, 17" monitor,
Desk all Disk $300
(772)461-8822.


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MCEX POWER HOUSE Fit-
ness Equip. all attach-
ments icld. Good cond.
$99 Neg. 863-357-8751
PRO FORM TREADMILL
$100
(863)357-3358




MOBILE HOME FURNACE-
new, never used, includes
stack & base. $75.
(239)292-1153.



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ENGLISH TRAIL SADDLE
sm. adult 15" blk. $190
(561)261-3530

MEADOWBROOK CART
wooden horse/cob $999
(561)261-3530

REGISTERED PASO FINO
gulging great trail horse
good natured grey $2500
(863)843-2495



BAR-B-QUE GRILL,.
Attached to a Tandem
Axle Trailer. $350.
(863)675-9243/673-0920


DELL OPTIPLEX- w/
monitor, keyboard,mouse,
Wind Xp, MS Ofc, $150.
(239)464-3260.
GENESIS TOWER- key-
board, mouse, monitor,
Win XP, MS Ofc, $150
(239)464-3260.
LAPTOPS
Gateway & Compaq, $700.
Will separate.
(863)675-5066.


ARMOIRE
Solid Wood
$55
(863)357-9655
BABY ITEMS Greco, Travel
sys, pack & play w/extras.
Full sz. swing. $300 863-
674-0078.
BEDS (2) Twin,
California Style w/frames.
$200 for both, will sep.
(863)447-0965
BOOKCASE/DESK
Wall unit
$75
(863)763-5792
BOOK STANDS rattan light
wood (2) $40 or will sep.
(863)357-1794 or
(863)697-6274
Brass Headboard, Toddler
Bed & set of Twin Beds,
$215 will sell separately.
(863)946-6660
CHEST DRESSERS (2)
5 drawer, $50 for both
will sell separate
(863)946-3857
CHEST OF DRAWERS
white w/mirror $75
(863)357-5754
***********
CRAFTMATIC BED- with vi-
brator, good condition,
$150. (863)467-6512.

ENTERTAINMENT CENTER
Armoire w/storage $100
(863)697-6274 or
(863)357-1794
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER
3 pcs. real wood, glass
door & shelves $100
(863)467-0184
KING SIZE Temtur-pedic
matt & boxspring $1000
(863)357-3358
************
LARGE DRESSER W/
MIRROR- asking $40.
(863)357-9655.

LIVING/RM SET Couch w/2
built in recliners. Coffee,
end tables & lamps. $450
Will sep. (863)467-0290.
MATTRESS- NASA Memory
Foam, queens size, 9",
never used still in plastic,
$500. (772)342-7835.
METAL DESK 62x32 in-
cludes 2 large file drawers.
$75. (863)357-1078.

RECLINERS (2) blue La-Z-y
Boy & 1 sleeper sofa blue
& white $200
(863)467-7213
ROCKER/RECLINER
Leather, Light tan, 2 yrs
old. Exc. cond., $200.
Must go!! (863)674-0078.
ROLLAWAY BED
new $180, used 2 nights
sell for $100
(863)467-2315
SEALY POSTURE PEDIC
king sz. & Sofa sleeper w/
matching chase chair.
$500. (863)675-3915.
SOFA/BED & matching chair
beige background w/
burgundy navy print
$250(863)467-1110
SOFA/LOVESEAT- Tan w/
flowers 6 mos. old $699
new will sacrifice. $225
(863)635-4690.
SPOOL COFFEE TABLE
Lrg. coin made $35
(863)357-5754

WOOD TV STAND
W/drawers, Great
shape $40.
(863)447-0965.



EASY GO GOLF CART re-
stored $2200
(863)692-2229
* *** **** **
GOLF CLUBS
5 Metal Woods, Jumbo
Driver & Wilson S.W.
$115. (863)946-3123.
King Cobra, Ti, oversize
driver, 9.5 deg, offset,
graphite, Ti, "S' shaft $75
(863)946-3123.
MEN'S & LADIES left hand-
ed golf clubs, New & used
$150 (863)467-0504
***** ****


GUNS,RIFLES, RELOADING
EQUIPMENT- Post and
Pre WW II, Call for Info.
(561)629-3781.
Remington 700 ADL SYN
7mm Rem Mag NIB $375
(863)946-1105


SCREENS, (1) 41x39 & (5)
29x33, good condition,
$12. (863)634-5405



SHUTTLE SCOOTER
3 wheels, Exc cond see Bill
at American Roofing $850.
(863)763-6699.


ALUMINUM SHED
19'x 8' w/carpet $600
Must be moved. (863)357-
0863.
AWNINGS, (4), used, excel-
lent condition, call for siz-
es. Call Bob (863)357-
3141
Fifth Wheel Base & 2100
PSI Powerwash, $325 will
sell separately. (863)946-
6660
HOOKED ON PHONICS
Good condition
$200. Firm
(863)357-7852.
KILN 18", EvenHeat, w/
stilts, shelves & posts.
$400 Or best offer.
(772)597-4365.
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PRESSURE WASHER Hon-
da 13hp, Water Canon,
3500 PSI, Max Pressure
$900 (863)467-0890.



PIANO ACCORDION
Beautiful, Full size.
Excellent cond. $500.
(863)763-7206.
PIANO- Kimball Spinet,
must sell, very good cond,
recently tuned, $550 neg.
(863)675-2596.



CHIHUAHUA
2, (F), 8 wks old,
Purebred.Shots up to date.
$250. (863)675-3915.
Dachshund Puppies, 3
males, (2) blk. dapples,
(1) solid choc., 1st shots,
350 ea. (863)634-5112
DONKEY- Young Jack,
$200. (863)467-0613.


YORKIE PUPPIES 9 weeks
old, AKC reg., 1 female, 1
male, $695. Call (561)
791-4567.



BIG SCREEN TV W/oak cab-
inet casing no remote con-
trol, does have a picture
$250 (863)467-0184


AIR COMPRESSOR t,,
14 hp Kohler Engine.
30 gallon tank. $1100
(863)447-0941
TABLE SAW, Sears Con-
tractor, 10" in perfect
cond. $150 .863-612-
9233
TOOLBOX- 7 drawer Snap-
On roll away, like new
cond, 3'Hx18"Dx26"W,
$450. (863)467-7753.
TOW BAR Blue Ox Adenta
class ID 10,000 lbs. 2" re-
clever $300 or best offer
(863)467-7017



MOP-VAC Dirt devil new in
box, Great item & easy to
use $45 (863)675-8149



STAR WARS I, 11, III Col-
lectors tapes, signed by
Darth Vader. $60 Firm.
(561)629-3781.


SR. CITIZEN Needs
Shed, Semi Trailer.
Whatever! Reasonable!
(863)763-0072
WANTED TO BUY
On a rent buy bases a Home
or DBL. wide in the Okee-
chobee area & does have
a down payment
(863)357-2346


Agriculture



Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed. Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820)
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies."
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Landscaping
Supplies 8-15
Lawn S Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry.'Supplies 860
Seeds .'Plants.
Flowers 865


GRILL, Gas w/2 extra
tanks. $125 863-357-2757


JOHN DEERE LAWN
STX38
Needs trans axle.
$50. (863)763-6576.

LAWN MOWER PARTS-
Snapper, BS, Tesch, Mur-
ray, all new, $350 for all.
(863)763-3951.

Lawn Mower, Dixon ZTR,
52 in cut, 18hp, runs
good, new parts, $1500.
(863)697-2032

PUSH MOWER 22" MTD
3.75 Briggs & Stratton $30
(863)763-6901



Rentals



Apartments 905
Business Places -10
Commercial
Property 915
Condos
Townhouses Rent 920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 9(35
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent %0






OAKLAKE VILLAS
2/2, Townhouse
$950 mo, 1st/last,
$500 sec. (863)467-5965

TOWNHOUSE
FOR RENT
2BR/2BA, $850 mo.
863-634-7722


Boats 3005
Campers/RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035


BIMINI BOAT top new in
box fits pontoons & boats
up to 8' wide $175
(863)824-0455
BIMINI BOAT TOP New in
box stainless steel hard-
ware fits pontoons $175
(863)824-0455



BOAT, MOTOR, TRLR- 16'
fiberglass, open deck,
35HP/OB, tilt trir, console
steering, nice cond, w/all
extras, $950. neg.
(863)635-2683.
BOAT PROPS stainless steel
various sizes $100-$150
Iv. message
(863)824-0455
BOAT TRAILER, 19 ft., gal-
vanized, single axle, $650.
(863)675-0705

BOAT, V-Bottom, aluminum,
needs TLC, $100.
(863)635-3465

CANOE, Fiberglass. Good
shape. 2 person. $250 firm.
863-675-6214 after 6pm
**** ****
GROVE BOAT loader also
transport wheels & hitch
see on my boat $75
(863)763-6901
JON BOAT, 12 ft., with trail-
er, 15 hp Mercury, trolling
motor, $2000 or best of-
fer. (863)467-6112
JON BOAT 97' 18" 75HP
Johnson w/galv. trl/2 live-
wells troll motor $3500
(863)824-0455
KAYAK- 2 person Ocean
Kayak, w/paddles and
seats, $450. (863)673-
2350.
LUND 2001 16'6" w/'03
Suzuki motor & trailer. Used
very little. $11,000 neg.
863-467-9157/634-2866
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RANGER, '01, 16 ft., 5hp
Mercury mtr, w/trlr, exc.
cond., low hrs., $8000 or
best offer. 772-621-9792
Ranger Bass Boat
90hp motor, w/trailer
Asking $3,000
See at Uncle
Joe's Fishhouse
863-983-9421
SCOTTIEC '67- 27ft, with
trlr, cutty cabin, engines
do not work, $2400 neg.
(863)763-3451.
STARCRAFT DEEP V- 15',
w/trlr, late model Evinrude
48HP, trolling motor,
many extras, boat cover, 2
new batteries,) $2500,
(863)824-0048.
TRI HILL 16', Fiberglass,
30HP Evinrude, trlr, depth
finder & extras. $1,100.
Call (863)357-3203.
WATERPROOF BOAT Cover
fit up to 22' boats $75
(863)824-0455

ZODIAC BOAT- 10ft, fiber-
glass bottom, $150.
(561)629-3781.



JAYCO PU CAMPER '97- 8'
crankup, like new, AC,
awning, outside shower,
$4295 (863)946-1219.
RV TRAILER, WARD '94
30 Ft., $6000 or best offer.
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Mobile Homes Rent 2015
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90 Redman Dbl Wide
28x70 4/2 w/many up-
grades. Need to move.
(863)983-9428 $30,000
PACKAGE DEAL furnished
mobile home enclosed Fl
rm 1999 20' Pontoon Boat
& trl. Evinrude 50HP 4
stroke motor on Taylor
Creek in Okeechobee
$21,500 (772)225-0525/
(772)631-3233


Medical Office Space
For Lease, needs build out
completed. Approx. 2000
sq ft, located on 441N.,
close to hospital, For
information 467-0831.

PROFESSIONAL
BUILDING
In City Limits. 2000 Sq. Ft.
2/3 Private Offices.
New Carpet, C/A/H,
Parking. (863)763-5593


COUPLE,w/2 small dogs
looking for a rental within 10
miles N. of Okee. 2BR, is
preferred 863-261-1968


RM for rent in beautiful
home $60 wk. non-s-
moker must like dogs
(863)697-6717


Real Estate



Business Places
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale (1010
Condos.
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 10.0
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 10;70
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Propertyl080


RIM CANAL, 2 Br., 2 Ba
w/Garage & 500 Sq. Ft.
Cedar Lined Rec Rm. w/
10x20 indoor heated pool.
Ready to move in. Call for
list off all new items.
Willing to accept
Hurricane Damaged
($163,000.)reduced to
$145,000 772-597-6158
or 954-801-6158



Builders lots still
available in brand new
community next to
Caloosahatchie River.
New Homes currently
under construction.
Pre-construction
discounts.
(954) 605-6407

N. Okeechobee, FL
20 Pristine acres
Young oak/fenced
$20,000 per acre firm
Prequalified
(863)357-6700



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Any Condition, fast closing.
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Private Lake lot ap-
prox. 299'X70' Ask
for Denny (863)655-

TAYLOR CREEK ISLES
LOT RENTAL, Quiet, Adult
Community. Ocean & Gulf
access. 561-744-8387


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SUPERIOR, '72,26 ft., new-
er generator, new tires &
transmission, $1500.
(863)467-8804 aft 6 pm



RADAR- JRC, #1500MKII,
LCD, 16 Naut. Point Miles,
brand new, in orig. box
$890. (863)382-3557.



MARINE RADIO
For Weather &
Communication $40.
(863)675-1464.


HONDA HELIX 250 1986
24K Original miles.
Asking $1275 or best offer.
(863)467-8870

SUZUKI 05' 500 vinson 4x4
used 4 times over $1000
in acc. $5750 firm for (AP-
tails call (863)697-2969

YAMAHA TTR125 DIRT-
BIKE, '02- 4 stroke, good
cond, hardly ridden,
$1300 (863)261-2263.

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FRAHl\r;L:." '5 32' Super-
slide C/A, VV/D loaded
Smoke free no pets
$17,300. 239-699-1365

FRANKLIN '05- 38ft, 3 slide
outs, loaded, Must Sell!!,
$19,800. (941)448-5606.

Trailer
'33, Florida room. Fully
Furnished. Very Nice!
863-763-6476.


Automobiles



Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drire .4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4-115
Tractor Trailers id0tO
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans. 40 '0

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BUICK LIMITED 1993
All power. Factory top.
Good condition. $2000
772-359-5144

CAMARO, 1994- asking
$1300 or best offer.
(863)357-3633.

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CHEVY CAMRO 88' needs
trans. work $500
(863)763-7217 or
(863)697-8662 cell
CHEVY MONTE CARLO LS,
'96, 2 door, auto, loaded,
w/options, $2500.
(772)461-9536
CHRYSLER 5TH AVE, '85-
black, runs great, 108K
mi, asking $1000 or best
offer. (863)467-1110.
FORD TAURUS, '98- 6cyl,
cold AC, all power, $3700
or best offer. (863)673-
6209.
GEO METRO, '94, 2 dr, cold
a/c, exc. cond. $1300.
(772)461-9536

LINCOLN 1997, 4 Door,
1 Owner, Good condition.
$4000 or best offer.
863-467-91.57/634-2866
LINCOLN TOWN CAR 91,
All power. Auto. Motor &,
Trans. run great! $950 or
best offer. 863-357-9947
NISSAN STANZA, '88, 4
door, no air, good tires,
runs well, $750 or best of-
fer. (863)675-0705
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CHEVY S10 1987 4x4 Ta-
hoe. Runs but needs work.
Topper incl. $1000. (863)
763-4032 or 763-7144.
Ford Bronco '89, cold a/c,
mud tires & alum rims, 4
whi .dr., great cond.,
$4500. (863)447-0941
FORD BRONCO II, '86-
runs, needs some work,
$450 or best offer.
(863)634-5113.
JEEP Grand Wagoneer 88
Runs good. Ideal For Dune
Buggy or Can be fixed up.
$600 863-673-0920.
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CLUB CAR,Good cond.
good batt.& chgr. $1299
Neg. (863)697-1350
(863)763-2063.

Golf Carts,
Gas or Electric
Buy and Sell
Call (863)824-0878


ENGINE, KAWASAKI, brand
new, 10 hsp, fits John
Deere or Kawasaki Mule.
$900. (863)692-2229.

GM Positive Traction Unit
8.5/373 Gears, F/
Differential,. $150 or best
offer. (863)467-8856

PONTIAC BONNEVILLE
Runs, $550. Or
best offer.
863-467-8856.

TIRES Super Swampers (4)
on 16.5 rims rims
33x12.3-16.5 good cond.
$650 (863)697-9704









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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
CASE NO.: 04-368-CP-52
IN RE: ESTATE OF
HELEN CLIFT FITZPATRICK
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
(Summary Administration)
TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS
OR DEMANDS AGAINST THE
ABOVE ESTATE:
You are hereby notified that an Or-
der of Summary Administration has
been entered in the estate of HEL-
EN CLIFT FITZPATRICK, deceased,
File Number 04-368-CP-52, by the
Circuit Court for Okeechobee
County, Florida, Probate Division,
the address of which is 304 NW
2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL
34972; that the decedent's death
was August 28, 2003; the total val-
ue of the estate is zero and that the
names and addresses of those to
whom it has been assigned by
such order are:
Name and Address
Geraldine F. Patent,
14 Cypress St.,
BHR Okeechobee, FL 34973
Shirley A. Wold,
55525 Tremain Street,
Mt. Doraa, FL 33275
ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE
NOTIFIED THAT:
All creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's to
whom a copy of this notice is
served within three months after
the date of the first publication of
this notice must file their claims
with this Court WITHIN THE LATER
OF THREE MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY DAYS
AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF
A, COPY OF THIS NOTICE TO
THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent
and person having claims or de-
mands against the estate of the de-
cedent must file their claims with
this court WITHIN THREE MONTHS
AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST
PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT
SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
The date of the first publication of
this Notice is February 14, 2005.
Attomey for Person
Giving Notice:
Kevin H. Hendrickson, Esq.
310 South Second Street
Fort Pierce, FL 34950
772-461-0558
Florida Bar No. 618454
Person Giving Notice:
Geraldine F. Patent
14 Cypress Street BHR
Okeechobee, FL 34973
553665 ON 2/14,21/05


DODGE 4X4 SPORT, '98- all
power, lift tires, rims, lock-
er gears, $7600 neg.
(863)673-2392.

DODGE QUAD CAB 2002
Exc cond., Extra's. Must
see, 1 Owner! $18,000.
Neg. (863)946-1728.

FORD F150 90' 4WD extend
cab 4" suspension lift on
38" tires $1850 (863)634-
8023

ISUZU HOMBRE 98' (chevy
s-10)5 spd. ac, Great gas
mi. $2500
(863)697-6812

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CASE NUMBER: 2004-CA-306
ANDREW SMITH,
Plaintiff
vs
MISSAK SARAFIAN,
(as to Parcel 1);
OROTHY WEIR (as to Parcel 2);
and as to each of the foregoing per-
sons, if alive or deceased, their un-
known heirs, devisees, grantees,
creditors, and all other parties
claiming by, under or against these
Defendants,
Defendants
NOTICE OF SUIT-REAL PROPERTY
TO DEFENDANTS: (as to Parcel 1):
Missak sarafian; (as to Parcel 2)
DOROTHY WEIR; and as to each of
the foregoing persons, if alive or
deceased, their unknown heirs, de-
visees, grantees, creditors and all
other parties claiming by, under or
against these Defendants, AND TO
ALL OTHERS WHOM IT MAY CON-
CERN:
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that
an action for quiet title of the fol-
lowing property in Okeechobee
County, Florida:
PARCEL 1
THE EAST 1/2 OF THE EAST 1/2 OF
THE SOUTH 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/
2 OF TRACT 04, SECTION 16,
TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 33
EAST, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT
THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 4 AT PAGES 3A-D OF THE
PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHO-
BEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
PARCEL 2
THE EAST 1/2 OF THE WEST 1/2 OF
THE SOUTH 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/
2 OF TRACT 01, SECTION 16,
TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 33
EAST, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT
THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 4 AT PAGES 3A-D OF THE
PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHO-
BEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
has been filed against you and you
are required to serve a copy of your
written defenses, if any, to it on
Plaintiff's Attorney whose name
and address are: JERALD D.
BRYANT, ESQUIRE, 316 NW 5th
Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972;
and file the original with the Clerk of
the above styled Court on or before
the 18th day of February, 2005;
otherwise a judgement may be ed-
tered against you for the relief de-
manded in the Complaint.
WITNESS the hand and seal of said
Court on the 20th day of January,
2005.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: /S/ Debbie Goodrich
Deputy Clerk
549427 ON 1/24 31-2/7 14
NOTICE OF ABANDONMENT
OF COUNTY EASEMENT
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that at a
regular meeting of the Board of
County Commissioners of Okee-
chobee County, Florida, on the
27th day of January, 2005, a Reso-
lution was adopted pursuant to
Sections 336.09 and 336.10, Flori-
da Statutes, whereby the County of
Okeechobee vacated, closed,
abandoned, renounced and dis-
claimed all rights of the county and
the public in a county right-of-way
further described as follows:
All that portion except the south 20
feet of SE 38th Avenue (f/Wa
Okeechobee .Road) right-of-way
between and adjoining Bocks 11
and 21, and that portion of the SE
4th Drive (f/k/a Sherman Drive)
right-of-way between and adjoin-
ing Block 10 and Blocks 11 and
21, all in Conners Gables subdi-
vision according to the plat
thereof recorded in Plat Book 3,
Page 15, Public Records of
Okeechobee County, Florida,
provided that the applicant dedi-
cates to the County additional
right-of-way on the west and
south sides of Block 21
John W. Abney, Sr., Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
553650 ON 2/14/05


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
CASE NO. 2005-CP-023
In Re: The Estate of
MINNIE LEA PADGETT,
a/k/a MINNIE L. PADGETT,
Deceased.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the Estate of
MINNIE LEA PADGETT, a/k/a MIN-
N.IE L. PADGETT, deceased, whose
date of death was December 27,
2004, and whose Social Security
Number is 266-08-1669, is pend-
ing in the Circuit Court for Okee-
chobee County, Florida, Probate
Division, the address of which is
304 N.W. Second Street, Okeecho-
bee. The names and addresses of
the personal representative and the
personal representative's attorney
are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate
on whom a copy of this notice is
served within three months after
the date of the first publication of
this notice must file their claims
with Court WITHIN THE LATER OF
THREE MONTHS AFTER THE DATE
OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE OF THIRTY DAYS AF-
TER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A
COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent
and persons having claims or de-
mands against the estate of the de-
dedent must file their claims with
this court WITHIN THREE MONTHS
AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST
PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT
SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME
PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of the first publication of
this notice is: February 14, 2005.
Robert F. Lowry
Personal Representative
805 S.E. 9th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34974
CONELY & CONELY, P.A.
Post Office Drawer 1367
Okeechobee, FL 34973
(863) 763-3825
y: Tom W. Conely, III
Florida Bar #096482
Attorney for Personal Representative
553886 ON 2/14,21/05


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CITY PLANNING BOARD MEETING NOTICE
NOTICE: The City Planning Board for the City ol Okeechobee will meet
on Tuesday February 22, 2005 al 7:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter as pos-
sible. The meeting will be held at City Hall, 55 Southeast 3rd Avenue, in
the Council Chambers, Room 200, Okeechobee, Florida. Items to be
considered at this public meeting are:
* Conduct a PUBLIC HEARING to consider Rezoning Application No. 05-
001-R submitted by David and Anita Nunez. The application is to change
the zoning designation from Residential Single Family One (RSF-1) to
Light Commercial (CLT) for vacant property located at the comer of
Northeast 7th Street and 3rd Avenue. Legal descnption being Lots 1 and
2 of Block 78, City of Okeechobee. :i i' i i Public Records,
Okeechobee, County, Florida and :1'1"" ,;i, I acre.
A copy of the entire applications) and agenda are available in the General
Services Office, Room 101 at City Hall or by calling Katrina Cook at (863)
763-3372, extension 218. Please be advised that this board serves as a
recommendation board. All items considered are forwarded with their
recommendation to the City Council for final PUBLIC HEARING on Tues-
day, March 15, 2005.
ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE
HEARD AT THIS PUBLIC HEARING. Any person deciding to appeal any
decision by the Planning Board with respect to any matter considered at
this hearing will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings
is made and the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which
the appeal will be based. General Services Department tapes are for the
sole purpose of backup for official records of the department. In accor-
'dance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida Statute
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to par-
ticipate in this proceeding should contact Katrina Cook no later than two
(2) working days prior to the proceeding at (863) 763-3372 x218 for as-
sistance; if hearing is impaired telephone the Florida Relay Service Num-
ber 1-800-955-8771 (TDD) or 1-800-955-8770 (VOICE) for assis-
tance.
BY: Bill L. Veach, Zoning Administrator
550724 ON 2/4,14/05


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
CASE NO. 2005-CP-020
In Re: The Estate of
GEORGE HENRY MILLER,
a/k/a GEORGE H. MILLER,
Deceased.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the Estate of
GEORGE HENRY MILLER, a/k/a
GEORGE H. MILLER, deceased,
whose date of'death was Novem-
ber 15, 2004, and whose Social
Security Number is 324-28-0397,
is pending in the Circuit Court for
Okeechobee County, Florida, Pro-
bate Division, the address of which
is 304 N.W. Second Street, Okee-
chobee. The names and addresses
of the personal representative and
the personal representative's ator-
ney are set forth below.
A creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate
on whom a copy of this notice is
served within three months after
the date of the first publication of
this notice must file their claims
with Court WITHIN THE LATER OF
THREE MONTHS AFTER THE DATE
OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE OF THIRTY DAYS AF-
TER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A
COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent
and persons having claims or de-
mands against the estate of the de-
cedent must file their claims with
this court WITHIN THREE MONTHS
AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST
PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT
SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME
PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of the first publication of
this notice is: February 14, 2005.
Janet Cash
Personal Representative
2916 S.E. 26th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34974
CONELY & CONELY, P.A.
Post Office Drawer 1367
Okeechobee, FL 34973
(863) 763-3825
By: Tom W. Conely, III
Florida Bar #096482
Attorney for Personal Representative
553883 ON 2/14,21/05


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Community Events

Baptist church sponsors concert
Loren and Gloria Wissman and their 12 children from Seward,
Neb., will be in concert on.Feb. 17 at the First Baptist Church. Their
Christian-based music comes in many flavors gospel, bluegrass, tra-
ditional and contemporary hymns along with patriotic songs. The free
concert begins at 7:30 p.m. The church is located at 410 S.W. Fourth St.
For information call (863) 763-2171.

Hospice will hold yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will be holding a yard sale on Thursday, Feb.


17, from noon until 3 p.m.; on Friday, Feb. 18, and Saturday, Feb. 19, from
7:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. The sale will be held at the Hospice of Okeechobee
Volunteer House located at the corner of S.E. Fourth St. and Third Ave. All
proceeds benefit patient care in Okeechobee.

Ladies ministry plans chicken dinner
The Church of God Ladies Ministry will be preparing a smoked chicken
dinner on Feb. 18 beginning at 11 a.rm. fora donation of $5 per meal. There
will be carry out or free delivery within the city limits. The dinner will con-
sist of a quarter smoked chicken, scalloped potatoes, green beans, roll and
pound cake. To order, calL.(863) 763-4127 or (863) 467-1750. You can pick
up your meal a 301 N.E. Fourth Ave. Call early for delivery at a specific time.

Ladies group plans bake sale
The Northside Baptist Church ladies group is having a bake and yard


sale on Feb. 18 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at 1801 U.S. 441 S.E. For informa-
tion, call (863) 763-2472.

Valentine's dinner/dance planned
The Knights of Columbus Council #11284 will host a St. Valentine's
dinner dance at the Buckhead Ridge Community Center on Feb. 19 from
6 until 11 p.m. Come and dance to a live band and enjoy your choice of
prime rib or chicken. Dress is casual, but no shorts or T-shirts please.
The cost is $15 per person. Call (863) 763-8639 by Feb. 12. Only 150 tick-
ets will be printed.

Southern gospel concert scheduled
Brian Free and Assurance will be in concert Friday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. at
the First Baptist Church Recreational Center, 310 S. W. 5th Ave. Tickets are
$10 at the door only. For information call: (863) 763-7113.


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104 N.W. 7th Ave.
(863) 763-4010
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CITY LAND PLANNING AGENCY MEETING NOTICE
NOTICE: The City Land Planning Agency for the City of Okeechobee
will meet on Tuesday February 22, 2005 at 7:15 p.m. oras soon thereaf-
ter as possible. The meeting will be held at City Hall, 55 Southeast 3rd
Avenue, in the Council Chambers, Room 200, Okeechobee, Florida.
Items to be considered at this public meeting are:
Conduct a PUBLIC HEARING to consider Comprehensive Plan Small
Scale Future Lane Use Map Amendment Application No. 05-001-SSA
submitted by D. Robert Willson (applicant) on behalf of the property own-
er CR Investments of Okeechobee, Inc. The application is to change the
Future Lane Use designation from Single Family (SF) to Multi-Family (MF)
for vacant property located at the comer of Northwest 3rd Avenue and 12
Street. Legal description being Lots 14, 15 and 16 of Block 19, City of
Okeechobee, County, Florida and is approximately 0.52 acre. The pro-
posed use of the property is for a multi-family duplex.
Conduct a PUBLIC HEARING to consider a Comprehensive Plan Small
Scale Future Land Use Map Amendment Application No. 05-002-SSA
submitted by David and Anita Nunez. The application is to change the Fu-
ture Land Use designation from Single Family (SF) to Commercial (C) for
vacant property located at the comer of Northeast 7th Street and 3rd Ave-
nue. Legal description being Lots 1 and 2 of Block 78, City of Okeecho-
bee, Plat Book 5, Page 5, Public Records, Okeechobee, County, Florida
and is approximately 0.321 acre. The proposed use of the property is for
a church office.
e The LPA will also consider any proposed amendments to the Land De-
velopment Regulations (LDR's).
A copy of the entire applications) and agenda are available in the General
Services Office, Room 101 at City Hall or by calling Katrina Cook at (863)
763-3372, extension 218. Please be advised that this board serves as a
recommendation board. All items considered are forwarded with their
recommendation to the City Council for final PUBLIC HEARING on Tues-
day, March 1, 2005.
ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE
HEARD AT THIS PUBLIC HEARING. Any person deciding to appeal any
decision by the Board of Adjustments with respect to any matter consid-
ered at this hearing will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the pro-
ceedings is made and the record includes the testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal will be based. General Services Department tapes
are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the department.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida
Statute 286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommoda-
tion to participate in this proceeding should contact Katrina Cook no later
than two (2) working days prior to the proceeding at (863) 763-3372
x218 for assistance; if hearing is impaired telephone the Florida Relay
Service Number 1-800-955-8771 (TDD) or 1-800-955-8770 (VOICE) for
assistance.
BY: Bill L. Veach, Zoning Administrator
550716 ON 2/4,14/05

CITY BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT MEETING NOTICE
NOTICE: The Board of Adjustment and Appeals for the City of Okee-
chobee, Florida, will meet on Tuesday, February 22, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. or
as soon thereafter as possible. The meeting will be held at City Hall, 55
Southeast 3rd Avenue, in the Council Chambers, Room 200, Okeecho-
bee, Florida. Items to be considered at this public meeting are:
Conduct a PUBLIC HEARING to consider a Varance (Application No.
05-001-V) submitted by property owner John Whidden, President of
Whidden Enterprises, Inc. The purposes of the variance is to allow for
parking or loading space to open directly onto a public street (Section 90-
511(e)(2)). The subject property is approximately 0.162 acres and is lo-
cated at 221 Northeast Park Street. The legal description is Lot 12 of
Block 153, City of Okeechobee, as recorded in Plat Book5, Page 5, Pub-
lic Records, Okeechobee County, Florida.
A copy of the entire applications) and agenda are available in the Gen-
eral Services Office, Room 101 at City Halt or by calling Katrina Cook at
(863) 763-3372, extension 218. Be advised this is the only public hear-
ing regarding this matter. The Board of Adjustments will serve as the de-
cision making body, on behalf of the City, to approve or deny the above
Applicationss.
ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE
HEARD AT THIS PUBLIC HEARING. Any person deciding to appeal any
decision by the Board of Adjustments with respect to any matter consid-.
ered at this hearing will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the pro-
ceedings is made and the record includes the testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal will be based. General Services Department tapes
are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the department.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida
Statute 286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommoda-
tion to participate in this proceeding should contact Katrina Cook no later
than two (2) working days prior to the proceeding at (863) 763-3372
x218 for assistance; if hearing is impaired telephone the Forida Relay
Service Number 1-800-955-8771 (TDD) or 1-800-955-8770 (VOICE) for
assistance.
BY: Bill L. Veach, Zoning Administrator
550687 ON 2/4,14/05


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